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On 09/10/10 22:23, Scott Furry wrote:
 LibreOffice Community,

As suggested, this post is intended to get the opinion of the community about how best to deliver LibreOffice to its users.

Given that LibreOffice is an important and viable alternative to paid-for office productivity software, and we all feel strongly and passionately about the direction of LibreOffice, input about the community members' expectations/needs/users is needed.


- Linux users have discussed vast amounts opinions on packaging in Linux. Some have questioned if distributing packages is a good thing.


This survey is to gauge the views of the LibreOffice community on the install/update method of LibreOffice. Please voice your opinion so that these considerations may be taken into account when the LibreOffice method of install/update is studied by the developer team. Please *bottom-post* your opinions.

How do you expect LibreOffice to be updated?

As a Debian GNU/ Linux user my system benefits from the most advanced package update/ maintenance system (apt), so as long as the Deb package maintainers can package LibO, that would be my preferred way of having it installed and updated

How do you Install/Update LibreOffice?

See above.

What do you expect when Installing/Updating LibreOffice?

No unmet dependencies, for the installation to clear up any cruft and obsolete packages.

Other programs have separate updating programs (iTunes being an example), if it was technically feasible, would having a separate install program for LibreOffice (with updating features) be useful to you?

Personally, no.

Would having a download and update site, as well as a Unix|Linux package repository site, be of value to you?

Yes, for general purposes and potential new users from the world of Slackware or distros without advanced package management systems (better watch out for flames now from angry Slackers!!)


Please note that I am not affiliated with DocumentFoundation. I am like you, a community member who wants to see LibreOffice be very successful.

I appreciate you doing this, and at the risk of hi-jacking this thread, perhaps we can also request that LibO developers put some thought into resolving the long list of counter-intuitive and unnecessarily complex ways of going about things that currently plague OOo from text wrapping in Impress to watermarks in Writer to the intransigence of bullets to be indented, etc. These kinds of small incremental modifications would, I think, help make LibO more successful.


So let's hear what you think folks?

Scott Furry

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